The RW Board at the 2015 AGM in Hull (left to right: Richard Wallis, Claire Roulstone, Nigel Orchard, Richard Smith, Bill Hibbert)

Canon David Grimwood (Chairman)

David Grimwood

David joined the Board in 2016. He served in parishes in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Totton (just west of Southampton) for 20 years before moving to Kent, to engage with churches across the county promoting social responsibility and community involvement. In 2008, he set up his own consultancy, enjoying a ‘portfolio’ approach which included community projects, supporting volunteers, charity trustee, post-graduate teaching and bus driving.

David rings at All Saints, Maidstone, and recently rang his 1000th peal. He is currently Training Officer for the Kent County Association and District Master. He has contributed in various roles to the Guild of Clerical Ringers, and helped to arrange many of the Guild’s annual tours in recent years.



Claire Roulstone (Company Secretary)

Claire Roulstone

Claire joined the board at the 2013 AGM and succeeded Ian Oram as Company Secretary in July. She prepares the agenda for board meetings, takes the minutes and is responsible for the Annual Returns to the Charity Commission and Companies House.

Claire is a member of the St Paul’s Cathedral Guild of Ringers and a member of the local band at the five-bell tower Silchester in Hampshire. A prolific peal ringer, she served the Oxford Diocesan Guild as Peal Secretary for eleven years, and is currently the Honorary Treasurer of the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths. She spent 25 years working as a civilian specialist for the Metropolitan Police dealing with various aspects of Criminal Justice and latterly the investigation of complaints made by members of the public. She brings both her administrative skills and her perspective as a practical ringer to the board.


Richard Smith

Richard joined the board at the 2014 AGM, and is responsible for the ongoing development of BellBoard which he wrote for The Ringing World in 2012. He is also responsible for the technical development of the Dove database and website for the Central Council.

Richard currently works for Mythic Beasts, an Internet hosting company which he co-founded and has grown to be consistently profitable. He has extensive experience of managing a small business, and of many of the Internet technologies used in building online presences. He rings regularly in Cambridge and is currently President of the Cambridge University Guild.


Richard Wallis

Richard joined the board in May 2011 and was appointed Finance Director shortly thereafter. Richard has been ringing for more than 30 years and been a member of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers for more than 20 years. He was Treasurer of the CC Publications Committee and then went on to become one of the Council's Independent Examiners.

Richard has always rung at Godstone and has been very involved in the Surrey Association – as its General Secretary for 25 years and as the holder of several District posts before and during that time. After training in private practice, Richard has held various finance jobs in the National Health Service – he is currently employed by the MH Foundation Trust covering Surrey, and looking forward to more investment in mental health services by the government. Outside ringing, he is Treasurer of Caterham URC, enjoys going to live music and various other things to get out of the house.


David Smith

David Smith

David joined the board in 2019. He is an Australian resident who returned to ringing in 2006 after a very long gap. He has served ANZAB in various roles including as President for 2015-18; he was appointed an ART tutor in 2014 and helped introduced ART courses into Australia and New Zealand; he became a Central Council rep for ANZAB in 2016, was on the CRAG review team, and was elected to the newly-formed CC Executive in 2018; he is the author of The Education Column in The Ringing World.

On the 'life outside ringing' front, David read Mathematics at Trinity, Cambridge, taught at various schools in UK and Australia in roles including Melbourne Grammar School's first Director of Computing, has set up various companies including two publishing companies, was a prolific author of education software, and has been only marginally successful in his attempts to retire. He has worked as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, is a singer, a pilot and a keen skier.

Graham Lay

Graham Lay

Graham has been ringing for 45 years and for most of that time has been part of the band at Tewin in Hertfordshire. He spent 35 years working in the IT Services industry, where he ultimately had responsibility for millions of pounds of revenue occupying thousands of people around the world. Since retiring in 2014 he has been able to pick up with peal ringing again. Both of his sons participated in Young@Herts teams which competed in the Ringing World National Youth Contest before they went to university. Apart from ringing Graham is frequently found backstage managing sound or lighting for the Hertford Dramatic and Operatic Society, and is also their Chairman of Trustees. He enjoys gardening and DIY tasks. Graham has read The Ringing World throughout his ringing career and appreciates how it has provided insights and commentary into the various issues that have cropped up from time to time.

Doug Davis

Doug Davis

Doug lives in Rainham, Kent and is married with 2 children aged 12 and 15. He has been ringing for over 30 years since starting when he was just 10. His current home tower is Rochester Cathedral. Doug has held various Officer roles within the Kent County Association at both District and Association level and is currently one of its Central Council Reps, Association Webmaster and Association Handbook editor. On the Central Council he has been involved in the IT-side of things since 2015, primarily developing the current Central Council website. Doug has been involved in the background at The Ringing World for a few years now, typesetting the quarter peals on a weekly basis and working through some BellBoard database maintenance relating to peals. In his professional life he has been working in the IT industry since 2000 in various roles from 1st Line IT Support all the way through to Infrastructure Engineering & Design. He currently works for a large American software company as a Technical Account Manager.

Robert Crighton

Bob Crighton

Bob learned to ring 55 yrs ago in North Yorkshire. Service in the Royal Navy followed by a career in the law led to his ringing with a number of bands around the country, from a Devon call change band to Guildford Cathedral, where he and his wife rang for 26 yrs. Five years ago he rusticated to North Dorset and led a project to get “new” bells for the village church. An Ocean Yachtmaster, Bob is also a keen sailor with his own boat, and undertakes yacht deliveries.

Bob joined the Board in September 2020 and brings with him fourteen years of Board experience, having served as Secretary and General Counsel to the Port of London Authority and latterly as a Non-Executive Director of Harwich Haven Authority.

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